Share this entry
ascomycete Syllabification: as·co·my·cete
Pronunciation: /ˌaskəˈmīsēt/ /-mīˈsēt/

Definition of ascomycete in English:


A fungus whose spores develop within asci. The ascomycetes include most molds, mildews, and yeasts, the fungal component of most lichens, and a few large forms such as morels and truffles. Compare with basidiomycete.
Example sentences
  • Many ascomycete spores are reported to be allergenic.
  • Interestingly, active members of the pogo family are widely dispersed in ascomycetes, whereas no transposing elements have been found in other organisms.
  • Most ascomycetes have only two different mating types, as opposed to certain other fungi, in which many more mating types exist.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Ascomycetes (former class name), from Greek askos 'sac' + muskētes 'fungi'.

Definition of ascomycete in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources